There are A LOT of recipes out there for Traditional Irish Soda Bread! They are vastly different from one another. Some recipes add raisins, fruit or nuts, which results in something called a "Spotted Dog", not Soda Bread. Other recipes add eggs, sugar, cream and even whisky. These are cake recipes, not Soda Bread. By far the most confusing recipes for Irish Soda Bread add in yeast! The nature of soda bread, is that it is a yeast-free quick bread made with baking soda.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread is made with only four ingredients; flour, baking soda, salt and soured milk. There is very little mixing involved with this bread, you never knead it, as that will make it dense. Traditional Irish Soda Bread was baked daily with simple ingredients as a quick bread. Many recipes today confuse it with a dessert. Here's a simple recipe for a simple bread...
Traditional Irish Soda Bread
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking-soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Place silicone baking mat on cookie sheet.
- Mix flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Mix in enough buttermilk to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball. Gently mix dough, about 1 minute. Shape dough into 6-inch-diameter by 2-inch-high round. Place on silicone baking mat. Cut 1-inch-deep X across top of bread, extending almost to edges.
- Bake until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, about 35 minutes.
- Transfer bread to cooling rack and cool completely.
Recipe courtesy of Epicourious
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